Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Summary

The Annapurna Sanctuary is the perfect introduction to Himalayan trekking. A classic trek into the heart of the mighty Himal with unsurpassed views - an unbeatable medium length trek.

Trip Description

This trek is one of the most popular in Nepal and for good reason. ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) is surrounded by a cirque of awe-inspiring peaks, including the awesome south face of Annapurna I (8,091m), in a natural amphitheatre which is quite simply mind-blowing.

Our trek starts from Pokhara with a short drive to the road head. We ascend well-trodden trails through terraced farmland and traditional villages. As we climb through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, across sparkling streams and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above us. This combination of pretty villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic splendour of Machapuchare (6,993m), Annapurna I and Hiunchuli (6,441m) make this an extremely rewarding trek.

Climbing up the Modi Khola valley towards the sanctuary we are teased with views of towering peaks and dizzyingly high rock walls with waterfalls tumbling down into the roar of the river below.

As the gorge widens, we ascend to Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m) on the lateral moraine of Annapurana South glacier. The steady climb up to ABC reveals the full splendour of this natural amphitheatre.

We walk out along a different route to our approach and enjoy the views of Annapurna I from a different angle. A short diversion up to Poon Hill (3,190m) before leaving the Annapurna Conservation Area offers us a chance to obtain great views of another Himalayan giant - Dhaulagiri (8,167m). The sunrise views from here are legendary.

Upon our return to Pokhara, we relax in our luxurious hotel, well satisfied with our journey into the 'Throne of the Mountain Gods'.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival - Hotel transfer, tour briefing
Day 2 At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive or flight to Pokhara, sightseeing lake side, peace sutupa, Devis fall, hotel over night.
Day 4 Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga, Overnight Hotel
Day 5 Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2750m)
Day 6 Poon Hill for sunrise (3193m) - Tadapani (2590m)
Day 7 Tadapani - Chomrong (2170m)
Day 8 Chomrong - Bamboo (23350m)
Day 9 Bamboo - Deurali (2505m)
Day 10 Trek to Annapurna base camp (4230m)
Day 11 Annapurna Base Camp - Dovan (2505m)
Day 12 Dovan - Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 13 Chhomrong - Ghandrung (1940m)
Day 14 Ghandrung – Pokhara
Day 15 Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 16 At leisure in Kathmandu, shopping, Hotel.
Day 17 Departure

Costs

(all costs are quoted in US dollars per person, per day)

Package - $60

Qualified Guide - $20

Porter - $15

N.B. The price does not include trekking permits or any incidental items such as beer, soft drinks or mineral water.